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PLANET Student Career Days Sees Record Participation

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has reported record participation for the 2014 Student Career Days event.

The Professional Landcare Network has announced record participation by recruiting companies and industry sponsors for their annual Student Career Days event.

Approximately 800 students attended the 38th annual PLANET Student Career Days--The National Collegiate Landscape Competition--at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.

Sixty-five teams, including two FFA high school teams, participated in 28 individual and team competitions. Tree climbing, hardscape installation, wood construction, plant identification, sales presentation, exterior/interior design, irrigation troubleshooting, skid steer, 3D exterior landscape design, personnel management, and small engine repair were just a few of the events.

Awards were given to the top-placing students, called "Superstars," as well as to the winning teams. The individual winners were, in first place, Hayden Angelotta, Cuyahoga Community College (Highland Hills, Ohio); in second place, Matt Case of Alamance Community College (Graham, N.C.); and in third place, Jeff Elshoff of Michigan State University (Lansing, Mich.). The top three superstars received scholarship money from PLANET AEF.

Brigham Young University - Provo took first place in the overall competitive events, followed by Brigham Young University - Idaho in second place, and Michigan State University in third. BYU - Provo took home $5,000 from STIHL for winning first place.

For a complete list of winners, visit the Student Career Days website.

In addition to the competitive events, students met with company recruiters at the Career Fair, interacted with supplier companies, and got to test drive industry equipment throughout the event.

The number of companies who participated in the Career Fair increased by 44 percent over last year and the number of industry sponsors nearly doubled this year.

"The industry was out in full force to support Student Career Days. There were many more recruiting companies as well as sponsors this year," said PLANET SCD Subcommittee Chair, Ed Furner, Landscape Industry Certified. "The economy has picked up and that is evident in the number of companies who want to recruit these students."

Student Career Days is sponsored by STIHL Inc., at the Platinum level; JOHN DEERE at the Gold level; Caterpillar Inc., Gravely, Husqvarna, and New Holland Construction at the Silver level; and Anchor Wall Systems, Inc., Belgard, Terracare Associates, The Toro Company, and ValleyCrest Landscape Companies at the Bronze level.

For more information about Student Career Days, visit To learn more about PLANET, please visit

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